Which NHS hospital trusts pose a 'high risk' of poor care?
Care Quality Commission raises concern about a quarter of NHS trusts in England following analysis
THE healthcare watchdog has raised concerns about the quality and safety of care provided by a quarter of NHS trusts, following one of the most comprehensive studies ever carried out.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says performance at 44 out of 161 hospital trusts in England is a cause for concern.
The CQC evaluated trusts using 150 different measures, including A&E waiting times, patient safety incidents, rates of hospital-acquired infections and its number of "never" incidents – events that should never happen, such as amputating the wrong limb. Waiting times for cancer treatment, patient satisfaction and death rates were also taken into account.
Trusts were then put into one of six bands, ranging from lower risk to higher risk, with bands one and two the most worrying. The 24 trusts in band one include all 11 trusts that are currently in special measures following an investigation by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS's medical director. The rest will also be prioritised for inspection.
North Cumbria Hospitals had ten red warning signs over medical mistakes, high death rates and admissions from staff that they would not send their relatives there.
But it was the South London healthcare trust that had the highest number of risk alerts at 17, seven of them red. Problems ranged from patient safety, poor patient experience, long waiting times and high staff turnover.
The Patients Association said the high number of trusts found to be of concern were "hugely worrying" but not much of a surprise.
"We don't think there's any hospital that's providing 100 per cent high-quality, safe care," Katherine Murphy, the charity's chief executive, told The Guardian. "Calls to our helpline tell us that things like misdiagnosis, cancelled operations and poor care in hospital, especially elderly patients not being cared for with the compassion and dignity they deserve, happen frequently in hospitals all over the country."
Trusts in 'Band One':
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Medway NHS Foundation Trust
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South London Healthcare NHS Trust
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Trusts in 'Band Two':
Barts Health NHS Trust
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
Weston Area Health NHS Trust ·